From the Archives: Man Conquers The World with Science

The fact that we’ve been around since 1919 means we’ve got one heck of a book archive. This summer we’re lucky to have a terrific library intern going though the bins of old books we’ve stored over the years, and she’s been unearthing some great stuff, which we’ll feature every Friday here.

It’s only fitting that our first title from the past be about the future. By which of course we mean the future of the past, since this book is from 1934:

Man Conquers the World With Science by William L. Nida! From a series called The Story of Man! Okay, to be honest, the cover is about as exciting as it gets. The flap copy reads:

There are adequate explanations of the many, many “whys” that must often occur to the thoughtful boy or girl of ten or more.

If the book is any indication, it seems thoughtful children ages ten and above often pondered the engineering logistics of the Suez Canal. Which this book explains quite adequately! It also discusses passenger elevators, the wireless (no, not that kind)  and “air ships.” But did you know that the TV was invented just so we could use Skype? According to Mr. Nida:

Another marvelous invention which is called television has been made by the Bell Telephone Company’s scientists. This makes it possible for two people to talk over the telephone and see each other while they talk by looking through a device in front of themselves. Perhaps this means that some day this marvel of television will be attached to all our telephones, and we can see each other’s faces as we talk.

Perhaps! Sounds nice, doesn’t it?


From the Archives: Man Conquers The World with Science